Kingi and Mung’aro clash over public funds

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and his Jubilee counterpart Gideon Mung'aro at a past function PHOTO COURTESY

Kilif,KENYA:Incumbent Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and his gubernatorial aspirant rival Gideon Mung’aro have clashed over the utilization of public resources.

Governor Kingi said on Monday that the jubilee government has been misappropriating public funds hence making life difficult for the local wananchi.

He said President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government must  tell Kenyans what they have done with the shooting budget of trillions of money.

“Before president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto ask me to account for the nine billion I get every financial year, I think they must first explain to the people of Kilifi and Kenya in general what they have done with the trillion’s budge in their reign,” Kingi said in Tezo ward on his projects tour.

“I have been hearing from even our own child Mung’aro, criticizing devolution, then I sit down and ask myself what has he gotten to benefit the residents of Kilifi? I really wonder,” he said.

Kingi said the main benefit Kenyans have gotten from the Jubilee government is the high cost of construction of the standard gauge railway.

He said the project has now shaken the economy of the country to an extent where Kenyans cannot afford a packet of maize flour.

“We have all seen, even a child that the SGR project has turned to be worse to the people than beneficial. The cost was very much higher than expected,” Kingi said.

However Mung’aro told Kingi to explain to the people of Kilifi what he has done with a budget of more than Kshs. 4 billion for agriculture in four years.

He said Kingi has no facts to tell the public on the Galana-Kulalu irrigation project he has been accusing the national government of failing, as the products were used to supply food to the people of Kilifi.

“I have heard him (governor Kingi) accusing the jubilee government over the Galana-Kulalu irrigation project.

I think everyone has seen its impact. All Kingi must come out clear and tell the people of this great county is how he has utilized the over Kshs. 4 billion for agriculture,” Mung’aro hit back.

The two are set to battle in the ballot on August 8 polls among others in the hot seat.